Talking Seahawks: Talking = Success

Posted on: November 15th, 2018 by Jen Mueller

Sports fans often point to stats, awards and accolades, when talking about favorite athletes or teams. It’s a natural way to quantify success. Win a championship, earn an MVP award, rack up a ton of wins and it’s obvious you’re successful, right? Yes, and maybe not to the degree you think.

If fans had the opportunity to talk to athletes and coaches the same way I do as a broadcaster and sideline reporter they’d realize the same thing:

Stats quantify productivity. Communication skills make the biggest impact.

I’ve lost track of the number of times the Seahawks have made comments in recent weeks about the importance of and the need for good communication but here are a few examples:

Last week Bobby Wagner noted it was important for the young guys to ask question because, “Asking a question starts a conversation that gets the answers you need.”

When Bradley McDougald praised the growth of rookie Tre Flowers this week one of the first things he commented on was how much Flowers communication had improved.

Last week I asked several players about what happened on big plays that shouldn’t have happened and not a single one said, “We didn’t have the talent to get it done.” You know what they said instead? “We need to communicate better.”

If stats, or numbers (sales numbers, number of clients, years in the business, years of education, salary, etc..) is the only way you measure of success, you’re not as successful as you think you are.

Communication skills always play a role in success.

The ability to communicate effectively with colleagues increases your productivity, improves your chances of overcoming obstacles and sets up future success.

When you don’t communicate effectively things break down. Plays break down on the football field. Trust breaks down in your office. Success won’t happen at the rate you think it should on paper. Click To Tweet

You – just like the athletes – have trained yourself to have the skills and talent you need to get the job done. Make sure you also empower yourself with communication skills that allow you make a big impact.

I’ve got couple ways for you to do that. First, take a look at my Becoming an Influential Conversationalist mentorship program and see if the 5-week program is a fit for you and register for the January session.

Secondly, if the conversation strategies mentioned in the program would benefit your entire staff, send me an email Jen@TalkSportytoMe.comto set up a private training just for your team.

Jen Mueller is the sideline radio reporter for the Seattle Seahawks. She’s also a badass at business communication and a business owner, which is why she often hears what players say in the context of business conversations. As the founder of Talk Sporty to Me, Jen works with business professionals to help them improve face-to-face communication skills and teaches them how to leverage sports conversations in business. You won’t mean a business communication badass quite like Jen. Hire her to speak at your next conference or training: Jen@TalkSportytoMe.com 

 

 

The Influential Conversationalist

Posted on: November 8th, 2018 by Jen Mueller

Good leaders are also good communicators.

Great leaders are badasses at business communication.

The quickest way to become a badass at business communication yourself? Ask for what you need and do what you say.

It doesn’t matter what the “ask” is. Be specific and make sure it’s what you really want/need. For example, don’t ask for a 5 minute conversation if you know it’s going to take 15. Don’t invite someone out to coffee under the guise of “getting to know them” when you’re actually planning to deliver a sales pitch. Don’t say that you’ll be happy getting “a raise” when you when really wanted a 20% increase.

There’s still no guarantee you’ll get exactly what you want, but when you’re specific with your ask  – and the real ask is made – you’re building relationships and becoming at badass at business communication.

Jen Mueller is the author of The Influential Conversationalist and a badass at business communication. Her approach to one-on-one conversations in business is based on nearly 20 years as a sports broadcaster. Jen currently serves as the Seattle Seahawks radio sideline reporter and is a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast team on ROOT Sports. Hire Jen to speak at your next conference or event: Jen@TalkSportytoMe.com

 

VIDEO: Increase Your Influence- Do What You Say

Posted on: November 2nd, 2018 by Jen Mueller

Building relationships and rapport starts by doing what you say you’re going to do.

I don’t just mean you say you’re going to get the job done and you do it.

I mean, paying attention to what you say you’re going to do in a conversation and then doing it. For example if I an athlete if he has time to answer three questions and he agrees, the interview lasts three questions. This simple strategy has landed me more interviews on deadline than I can count. Sticking to my word builds trust with the athletes beyond interviews.

Sounds simple, right? Then how come more people don’t do that in your workplace? Take a look at the video for one of the frustrations you probably encounter as a result:

The way you handle daily interactions can lead to your next big career opportunity. Don’t miss your chance to set yourself apart. Have a game plan for conversations and utilize the strategies outlined in The Influential Conversationalist. 

Jen Mueller is a badass at business communication and a veteran sports broadcaster. Her career inside locker rooms and as a public speaker gives her an edge and unique perspective on effective communication. Jen currently serves as the sideline radio reporter for the Seattle Seahawks and is a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast team. She enjoys coaching audiences on how to improve their face-to-face communication skills. Inquire about hiring Jen for your next conference or training session: Jen@TalkSportytoMe.com 

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